We’ve been fascinated by the way Japanese scientists have been developing the Geminoid robots, and one of the ‘female’ versions has gone on display in Japan as an interactive mannequin.
Fresh from a role in a play called ‘Sayonara,’ the Geminoid-F humanoid can now be seen attracting the attention/scaring the beejezus out of shoppers in a Toyko store.
The lifelike mannequin appears to be waiting for someone, and smiles, nods and moves around in her chair like a real human.
Thanks to her programming, the robot can also interact with its surroundings, and change facial expressions when shoppers move closer.
Capable of more than 60 different facial expressions, the robot does a convincing impression of a young lady stuck in a glass box, which is a little bit weird.
The android is the creation of Dr Hiroshi Ishiguro, who believes that robots will be increasingly used in shop windows.
“I see this as the future of shop displays,” he said, dismissing traditional, static mannequin as not “represent[ing] real life at all which is what I see as the point of some displays.”